I’ve had my hands on this 12.75 ″ Warstic DFNDR series for over a month now, which has given me time to break it in to the point that I feel good about giving my opinion on the glove and ultimately , whether it will be a player for me. This glove is $ 370 on Warstic’s website and here is my 1 month performance review of the Warstic DFNDR IK3 Series outfield glove.
Before we jump in, if you missed it, here’s my unboxing:
Then I took it out into the field to really get the full picture of this new offering from Warstic.
Outside the box, I mentioned a few things about the form that I was not happy about. The narrow heels and high fingers together with a low fracture are not well suited for an outfield pattern.
I chose to break this glove in with a two-in-pink grip. That’s my personal preference for the outfield, and I think most people out there reading this probably feel the same way. It gives you more strength when you close the glove, and a little more length for a “snowcone” catch.
After working a bit with this glove, the burglary felt a bit awkward. The glove wanted to close the thumb just around the ring finger, which in itself is not terrible. It becomes less desirable when paired with this pocket.
After a little over a month, this glove still does not have a properly defined pocket. Between catching and hammering, this glove still lacks the “lock” pocket I want in an outfield player. The Warstic DFNDR series does not feel bad, but for me it lacks the sense of security I feel in other outfield patterns.
The foot of the fingers feels separated from the top, creating a strange shape when the glove is closed. In the video above you can see how when the glove is squeezed, there is still an opening at the top.
The DFNDR line from Warstic has potential. Their infield model felt good out of the box, but this outfield model missed something for me. The Kip leather feels solid and it is one of the most beautiful stock gloves out there right now. Personally, I do not think that Warstic DFNDR IK3 Series Outfield Model ($ 370) becomes a player for me.
That said, Justin Upton is playing with it in MLB right now. Adding to their pro-backing, domestic gloves have Ian Kinsler‘s expertise baked right in; so they could very well be a winner. I would love to hear your feedback on Warstic leather if you picked one up.